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Financial Aid: How To Apply

Don't get exhausted, be at ease when starting your financial aid application!

Follow our quick guide for completing the process with time to spare.


  • APPLY FOR ADMISSION

Apply for admission to the college(s) of your choosing

Confirm the academic year you are selecting

Enter school code

Use IRS Retrieval Tool

  • VERIFY YOUR APPLICATION

3 to 5 business days after submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the college/university will receive a copy of your FAFSA application. You may be contacted via your email for a process called verification. Typically, only a small percentage of applicants have to go through the verification process.

a. Verification is the process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. TCC has the authority to contact you for documentation that supports income and other information that you reported.

Selected Student Aid Reports (SAR)

If your SAR is selected for the verification process, proceed with the following steps:

a. Complete the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through FAFSA or contact the IRS to obtain a a copy of your most recent Federal Tax Return Transcript (and your parents' transcript(s), if applicable) and submit it/them to our office.

b. INDEPENDENT STUDENTS: Submit an Institutional Verification Form

c. DEPENDENT STUDENTS: Submit an Institutional Verification Form

All paperwork must be complete and submitted before an award letter is processed for you. Financial aid is awarded on first-come, first-served basis.

If you do not have an award letter, you DO NOT have financial aid. You may be required to pay your tuition and fee cost up front and be reimbursed during the semester, if you are eligible for funding.

  • SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUESTED


HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REAPPLY

You must renew your FAFSA annually.

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